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“Untitled” © Susan Sorrell Hill

The Illustration Friday word of the week is icon.

The New Oxford American Dictionary defines icon (noun) as:

1. a painting of Jesus Christ or another holy figure, typically in a traditional style on wood, venerated and used as an aid to devotion in the Byzantine and other Eastern Churches. 

2. a person or thing regarded as a representative symbol of something: this iron-jawed icon of American manhood.

I think a humorous depiction of a modern Buddha sort of squeaks by in this category, don’t you…?

“Untitled” (watercolor, pencil)









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“Untitled” (pen & ink) © Susan Sorrell Hill

So…It’s Summer. It’s HOT. Why not a cool little monster blast from the past…? This one was a self-promo postcard from my freelance graphic artist days, circa 1993. The fellow on the left later became an oil painting, the dragon in the center became a bas relief sculpture, and the rock star on the right became a textile design for fabric. Hope you enjoy these critters! (The Illustration Friday word of the week is funk.)

“Untitled” (pen & ink)




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© Susan Sorrell Hill

The Illustration Friday word of the week is “giant.”

It’s been a while since I participated in Illustration Friday’s weekly challenge, but this image seemed just about perfect for this week’s fun prompt. (If you’ve got a good memory, you’ll remember that I used this image for another post a long while back.)

Isn’t it curious that we have so many adjectives in our language that describe the relative ‘size’ of things? In our human hard wiring, SIZE must matter! I mean, consider the need for precision in relating the relative threat to our ancestors of, say, a pterodactyl vs a mere turkey vulture…

Of course, a giant (as a noun usage of the word) can also be a creature unto itself, as so many myths and fairy tales can attest.  🙂

“In-Danger Species Meets King Kong” (pen & ink — sorry, no prints currently available of this one…but do visit The Print Collection gallery on my website for other curious images: www.susansorrellhill.com)

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“The Bunny Print” © Susan Sorrell Hill

The Illustration Friday word of the week is “home.”

The rainy season here in Northern California is something to be grateful for, as it brings the end of the fire season and a very welcome return of the color “green” to the landscape’s palette. One does get tired of brown and dry. I can almost hear the trees breathing sighs of relief because this year’s long hot summer has been particularly dry and worrisome. I hunker down indoors, along with the wildlife in their own homes, as we wait out Mother Nature’s watering cycle…

SusanSorrellHill“The Bunny Print”   (hand-pulled intaglio print)    Another gem from the dusty archives, this one circa 1980. Museum-quality prints are available here.

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IMG_1004The Illustration Friday word of the week is “sea.”

“Untitled”   (gouache)

A textile design from my archives, circa 1990.  Picture this: me trudging with very large and unwieldy pre-digital age portfolio…down sky-scrapered New York streets and up endless flights of stairs during my brief stint as a designer. The things we do for art.SusanSorrellHill

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"Flying House" c. Susan Sorrell Hill

“Flying House” c. Susan Sorrell Hill

The Illustration Friday word of the week is light.

Monks and mystics have always known that to remain connected to one’s own deep spirit, it is frequently necessary to fly away, disconnect, step-back and go inward. (more…)

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IMG_2639The Illustration Friday word of the week is metamorphosis.

They say a person’s face becomes the roadmap of where Life’s journey has taken them. Do you sometimes feel as I do, when looking in that not-so-friendly mirror, “What a long, strange trip it’s been…?”


IMG_2638“Untitled”      (pen & ink)

A 1993 commission for the Sutter Center of Progressive Endosurgery of Sacramento, CA. You’ve seen this image posted here before (ages ago) but ’tis the season for Frankenstein…   🙂



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The Illustration Friday word of the week is journey.

“Journey” © Susan Sorrell Hill

Said so succinctly by these folks:

“The voyage of  discovery lies not in finding new landscapes but in having new eyes.”      ~Marcel Proust

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”      ~T. S. Eliot

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”        ~Anais Nin

(Quotes from True Work: The Sacred Dimention of Earning a Living by Justine Willis Toms and Michael Toms)

Hmmm…now where have you seen this image before? A double-fudge sundae to that person who realized quick-smart that it’s my blog’s logo. (And it has also graced the home page of my old Artspan.com site). It’s one of my personal favorites, and I’m pretty sure I’ve never shown it in its entirety  here on a blog post before.

SusanSorrellHill“Journey”   (watercolor, pen & ink, gouache, colored pencil)   “She journeyed with only a bird for company—destination uncertain but certainly assured.”

The original painting is available for purchase here.   Museum-quality prints (and the original too) are available here.

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“Untitled” from “The Emperor’s Pear Tree,” from an as yet unpublished folktale, © Susan Sorrell Hill

The Illustration Friday word of the week is repeat.

Have you ever been stuck in one of those no-win situations where the same unwanted (read: bad) results repeat over and over despite your well-intentioned and best efforts? Of course you have. It’s an all-too-human scenario that frequently—and maybe even necessarily?—precedes “learning,” that grand goal of Life. (more…)

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“Tiddy Mun” © Susan Sorrell Hill

The Illustration Friday word of the week is invisible.

“Tiddy Mun” was a recent commission for Wit’s End Puppets in Washington, DC. Using the troupe’s research materials, a small group of individual artists was asked to create visual images of particular English fairies, that would then be used as inspiration for the actual puppet building. Their upcoming performance entitled, “Malevolent Creatures” will feature these puppets, as well as the paintings and (more…)

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